10 Small Space Storage Solutions You Need This Year

Gray and silver cushions lying on a bed with white sheets and pink blanket in feminine bedroom interior

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Small-space living isn’t without its advantages—it’s cozy, easy to clean, and makes finding anything that’s gone missing a whole lot easier. That said, anyone who’s in tight quarters knows that living in a little nest has its disadvantages too, especially when it comes to storage.

Fortunately, there are all kinds of genius storage solutions you can incorporate to make the most of your space. From art to ottomans, so much in your home can be transformed into additional storage with a little time and creativity.

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    Ottoman Storage

    Green storage bench slightly opened.
    TJ Maxx

    Investing in a good storage ottoman, or revamping an old one, is a no-fail way to store the miscellaneous items floating around your living room that can never seem to find a good home.

    And because it’s equal parts function and form, it’ll do double-duty, functioning to warm up your aesthetic and increase your comfort at the same time it keeps your clutter out of sight.

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    Art Storage

    Blue picture frame jewelry holder adorned with earrings and necklaces.
    Design Gal & Her Handyman

    Another beautiful blend of form and function, turning wall prints into jewelry storage will keep your precious stones safe (and tangle-free!) without taking up any of the surface real estate that’s so valuable to small-space living.

    You can go out and buy some ready-made shadow boxes, or you can create them yourself with a little elbow grease and DIY magic. Either way, you and your home will be happier for it.

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    Bed Storage

    Pink suitcases stored under a bed.
    Cape Twenty-Seven

    Under-the-bed storage is often one of the first options people turn to when in need of storage solutions, but shoving things under there without a structure in place to keep it organized can quickly turn into a big chaotic mess.

    Fortunately, there are plenty of affordable pull-out drawers, customizable containers, and dividers specifically made to store your items neatly under the bed. Deciding to invest in one is one of those organizational decisions you’ll wish you’d made years ago.

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    Coffee Table Storage

    Expandable coffee table for storage near a gray couch.
    West Elm

    Living rooms have a knack for overflowing with remotes, magazines, crafts, etc. until you feel like you’re drowning in clutter.

    If this sounds familiar, consider this super easy storage option. When it comes to hiding items in plain sight, little rivals the power of coffee table storage—like this one by West Elm.

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    Makeshift Closet

    Teal makeshift closet separating two rooms.

    The small-space dweller is all too aware of the struggle that comes from a lack of closet space. If you’re among the so many wishing for a bigger closet, try this idea on for size.

    A makeshift closet like this one can be painted and polished, and not only will it keep your clothes organized, but it’ll look great doing it. Even better, it can also function as a clever room divider if you’re in a studio apartment.

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    Shelving Storage

    White kitchen shelving with yellow plates, cups, and a black clock.storage

    Kitchen storage can be one of the toughest organizational task to tackle. But with a little time and ingenuity, it’s easier than you might think.

    If you’re wanting for cabinets and an ample pantry is more dream than reality, these shelves are the solution you’ve been waiting for. They’re super easy to install and, if you take just a few minutes to put everything in matching containers like this one, the display can look all kinds of beautiful.

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    Floating Cabinets

    Metal floating cabinets above a kitchen sink.
    heyyehblog: Twenty20

    Speaking of cabinets, making yours float is a genius way to maximize your storage tenfold.

    Rather than fill up an already cramped space with tables and dressers for additional storage, opt for floating cabinets like these. They’ll store nearly anything you can imagine without taking up any floor space or overwhelming your aesthetic.

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    Shoe Storage

    About two dozen shoes placed in pull out storage.

    Due to their bulk and abundance, shoes can be a major headache when it comes to cramped quarter organization. But with some creativity, tucking them away in even the tiniest of spaces is doable.

    A dresser with pull-out drawers like these is a storage fiend’s dream come true. It’ll look great in your living room, provide extra surface area, and keep the order you’re craving.

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    Fireplace Storage

    Classic fireplace decorated with lit candles.
    Oxygen Art

    For those who have a fireplace that doesn’t function, or one that’s simply never used, try this clever idea on for size.

    Fireplaces are a surprisingly chic and effective way to store everything from books and magazines to candles and photos. To take it to the next level, paint the interior for a colorful accent.

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    Teeny Tabletop Storage

    Small circular table that opens up for storage.
    Sugar & Cloth

    Even the teeniest of tables can be made into an uber-effective storage solution. And this Scandinavian-inspired table is a perfect example. Check out how to assemble it at Sugar & Cloth.

    Not only is it minimal, stylish, and sophisticated, but it’ll keep coasters, cards, and papers neatly tucked away until you’re ready to use them.